Fourteen

When I was fourteen, I had unruly and extremely curly hair.
When I was fourteen, I had never kissed a girl
When I was fourteen, there was no MTV… yet
When I was fourteen, I had my first pair of Nikes
When I was fourteen, Columbia was launched
When I was fourteen, the internet was science fiction
When I was fourteen, cell phones were science fiction
When I was fourteen, I had yet to actually use a personal computer
When I was fourteen, my ten speed bike was my primary mode of transportation
When I was fourteen, I was on the starting five of my grade school basketball team.
When I was fourteen, I didn’t know who Michael Jackson was
When I was fourteen, I played Intellivision
When I was fourteen, I heard Rubber Soul for the first time
When I was fourteen, I owned maybe five vinyl records
When I was fourteen, there was no such thing as compact discs
When I was fourteen, the St. Louis Cardinals still had baby blue uniforms
When I was fourteen, my grandma lived on Fayette
When I was fourteen, I saw Tron
When I was fourteen, I was still drawing in my notebooks
When I was fourteen, I played a lot of D&D
When I was fourteen, I played a lot of Galaxian
When I was fourteen, my brother and one of my friends built a space shuttle out of sand
When I was fourteen, I wondered what would happen in the last Star Wars film
When I was fourteen, I took swim lessons to make my Mom happy
When I was fourteen, I was told off by the girl next door
When I was fourteen, we had a swing set and a sandbox in the back yard
When I was fourteen, my family had a motor home
When I was fourteen, I spilled Coke all over my brother on accident and totally embarrassed him
When I was fourteen, my uncle gave me good advice about running plays in basketball: if you’re open shoot it.
When I was fourteen, I had a disc camera
When I was fourteen, I wasn’t allowed to see Blade Runner
When I was fourteen, the whole world was in front of me.

My daughter turns fourteen today. I feel old. At least her whole world is still in front of her.

Picture by jem